Scientific Illustration

“Science and art tend to coalesce in esthetics, plasticity, and form. The greatest scientists are always artists as well.”

Albert Einstein

Stylized illustration of a single wall carbon nanotube reinforcing a pair of helical polymer chains.

Biofilm scratch testing apparatus and close up for Northwestern University's McCormick School of Engineering.

Cover illustration for Soft Matter Journal and Purdue University Department of Materials Engineering. The image references mechanophores, mechanically responsive molecules that fluoresce upon the application of a mechanical stimulus. Imagine identifying a dangerous concentration of stress prior to failure in a wind turbine blade by observing a color change. Fascinating science!

Oxycombustion flame temperature reduction by the injection of liquid water. MIT Department of Mechanical Engineering.

Scientific journal cover art. These projects usually allow a lot of artistic freedom, and are always a wonderful adventure for me and for my clients.

Environmental analysis in situ with submersible devices. For the Crespo Research Group at KTH University in Stockholm, and publication in Current Opinion in Electrochemisrty.

H5N1 Avian influenza virus.

Surface engineering by predictive laser deposition of multi-principal element alloys (MPEAs, or high entropy alloys). One of several illustrations for a successful grant proposal submitted by Lehigh University's School of Mechanical Engineering.

3D skin section from muscle layer through stratum corneum, including arteries, veins, nerves, sweat gland and hair follicle.

Heliostat field and receiver tower. From a series of grant proposal illustrations for Gigawatt Day Storage Systems.

DUNCAN MACGRUER – SCIENTIFIC FIGURE ARTIST